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ATHENS (Reuters)

In a sea of colourful balloons, thousands of Greeks marked Pride on Saturday, celebrating diversity and the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals

More than 10,000 people assembled in Athens’s Syntagma Square, normally a regular venue of rage for protesters over financial reforms for the indebted country.

 

Participants are pictured at a Gay Pride parade in Athens
Participants are pictured at a Gay Pride parade in Athens, Greece June 9, 2018. REUTERS/Costas Baltas

 

But on Saturday it was a vista of rainbow flags, dancing and loud pumping music.

“For us, Pride is a source of celebration but simultaneously protest,” said participant Yiorgos Kounanis, a political scientist. “We seek the same rights as heterosexuals, we pay the same taxes, have the same obligations and (therefore) demand equal rights,” he said.

 

(Reporting by Lefteris Papadimas, writing by Michele Kambas, editing by Louise Heavens)

 

 

A drag queen takes part in a Gay Pride parade in Athens
A drag queen takes part in a Gay Pride parade in Athens, Greece June 9, 2018. REUTERS/Costas Baltas

 

A participant is pictured at a gay pride parade in AthensA participant is pictured at a gay pride parade in Athens
A participant is pictured at a gay pride parade in Athens, Greece June 9, 2018. REUTERS/Costas Baltas

 

A participant is pictured at a gay pride parade in Athens
A participant is pictured at a gay pride parade in Athens, Greece June 9, 2018. REUTERS/Costas Baltas

 

People take part in a gay pride parade in Athens
People take part in a gay pride parade in Athens, Greece June 9, 2018. REUTERS/Costas Baltas

 

A drag queen takes part in a gay pride parade in Athens
A drag queen takes part in a gay pride parade in Athens, Greece June 9, 2018. REUTERS/Costas Baltas

 

A participant is pictured at a gay pride parade in Athens
A participant is pictured at a gay pride parade in Athens, Greece June 9, 2018. REUTERS/Costas Baltas

 

A participant poses for a picture during a gay pride parade in Athens
A participant poses for a picture during a gay pride parade in Athens, Greece June 9, 2018. REUTERS/Costas Baltas

 

A rainbow flag is seen in front of the Parliament building during a Gay Pride parade in Athens
A rainbow flag is seen in front of the Parliament building during a Gay Pride parade in Athens, Greece June 9, 2018. REUTERS/Costas Baltas
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